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How to Carve a Mango (And Not Turn It Into Mush!)

Peter is a writer and interaction designer from Alameda, CA.

Do you not buy mangos because you don't know how to cut one? This article will teach you all you need to know.

Do you not buy mangos because you don't know how to cut one? This article will teach you all you need to know.

First You Take a Mango...

Yes indeed, you will need a mango to perform this cunning culinary stunt, as well as a sharp paring knife. A filleting knife will work too (maybe better), but for our demo I'm using a simple IKEA paring knife. The mango should firm (but not hard) with some give in the skin when you squeeze it. So, you don't get arrested for squeezing every fruit in the market I recommend buying a supply of nearly ripe (hard) mangos and let them ripen in your fruit basket at home. If the mangos "go soft" don't fret. The preparation technique I espouse will work, but naturally, it will be messy. For color, I like using a fruit that is at least half red, though ripe green or yellow mangos are tasty as well.

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The First Cut

Take the mango and stand it up on your cutting board. Slice into the mango on the skinny part of the mango down to the seed, and slice from the top to bottom and around the circumference of the fruit in a continuous slice.

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...Now Slice Into Thirds

Now cut three evenly spaced slices, again down to the seed from top to bottom on the "flat" side of the mango.

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...Peel the Skin

Take your knife and use it to peel under the skin. Try to get it right up under the skin and not cut a lot of the fruit in the process - like peeling an apple or potatoes.

Continue peeling until two of the three thirds are skinned, leaving the last third with skin on until you've cubed the fruit.

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carve-a-mango
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...Cube the Fruit

Now cut one inch slices perpendicular to the lengthwise cuts made previously. After you've cubed the fruit, take your knife and cut under the cubes, slicing as close to seed as possible. Put the cubes in a bowl or dish.

After you've peeled and cubed the final third, you should have half a mango, cubed and cleaned right down to the seed, with very little fruit left on the seed, and the juice intact in the mango - and not all over the cutting board or counter top!

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Let's Eat!

Put the mangos in a bowl or dish and enjoy the smiles!

Do You Have a Favorite Mango Recipe?

Peter Allison (author) from Alameda, CA on April 02, 2012:

Thanks for reading vespawoolf!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 01, 2012:

This is a very useful hub. Mangoes happen to be one of my all-time favorite fruits and your suggestions are right on. Thank you!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 29, 2012:

I can appreciate this hub since I live on mangoes! Would you believe they now sell a mango splitter on Amazon? It works pretty well, but I always return to my trusty knife.

Isabella Mukanda from Fort Myers on January 29, 2012:

I found this hub useful, entertaining and really funny. That is a technique I would like to use someday, I am too used to eating mangoes like a monkey. We just wash and start cutting through with the teeth, it is a lot of fun but as I grow older I realize it is a lot of work afterwards to remove the fiber that lodges between the teeth (yuck). Thank you!

Brandon E Newman from North Texas on December 12, 2011:

My kids always just ate them like an apple. I never really got the chance to peel one. Little monkeys they are.

Shasta Matova from USA on December 03, 2011:

I love mangoes, and don't really mind the effort to peel them, but this way does make it so much easier. Will have to try it your way.

gabgirl12 on December 02, 2011:

I'm from the Island of Puerto Rico. And everyone makes a mess with mango's. This is something I have never considered, but I definitely will now. I'm sharing this on FB.

Peter Allison (author) from Alameda, CA on November 28, 2011:

Hi Mya, I was just doing that this past weekend for Thanksgiving... I wish I could help you with that one as I love to grill them, but halving them is difficult. I just took about a half-inch off either end and scored it lengthwise. Then I took a big knife and cut it in half (which was tricky).

Mya on November 27, 2011:

Do you know how to cut open butternut squash as well? I find that really difficult.

Kim Golez from Philippines on November 24, 2011:

I also love mangos, I try to cut the mango lengthwise. Put soy sauce and then eat them. The sweetness amd texture of the mango goes with the soy sauce.

Peter Allison (author) from Alameda, CA on November 22, 2011:

I tried it that way too galleryofgrace, but the carnage didn't seem appropriate for HubPages! Thanks for reading.

galleryofgrace from Virginia on November 22, 2011:

Fantastic! You mean you're not supposed to just peel 'em and eat 'em over the sink?

Great article, thanks a bunch.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 22, 2011:

This is such a useful hub! Thanks for the clear directions and step by step photos. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on November 22, 2011:

Excellent hub! Every time I cut a mango, it looks nothing as pretty as your pictures! I make mango chutney the hard way! Thumbs up on your hub. Very nice!

Sue B. on November 22, 2011:

This hub put a smile on my face! I've never cut a mango myself and actually found your hub informative. The clever way you plugged your other hubs about unrelated topics just made me giggle. Thanks!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on November 22, 2011:

Ah Peter, you have saved the day. I have always sliced the broad sides of the mango off and then had to chew off the rest of it. Now I am mango-educated! Your pix really helped demonstrate your method. Thanks bunches!

Melanie from Midwest, USA on November 22, 2011:

Great hub! I LOVE mangoes, but they really are unfun to cut up. I initially tried to cut my mango avocado style and it didn't end up as mush, but it didn't turn out as nicely as your pieces.

I have a hub on mango lassi and in it I describe a little bit of the pain involved in cutting up a mango. I will definitely make an edit to that piece and include your hub. You really take a lot of guesswork out of the process.

Thank you!

Peter Allison (author) from Alameda, CA on November 22, 2011:

Thanks for the feedback adt719... I think I'm going to adopt your method and resubmit the Hub. Peeling a mango and jumping in the ocean sounds better by far than peeling and eating in a bungalow kitchen!

adt719 from Richardson TX on November 22, 2011:

The photos really make your method clear. And your humorous style hooked me from the beginning. I've never heard of anyone ever peeling a mango. I've avoided them since I returned from the South Pacific more than 30 years ago. I was told by nationals that there was only one way to eat a mango: out in the ocean with the juice dripping down the arm and dunking oneself completely after the fruit was gone. I haven't tried one since. Thanks for helping those of us who don't live in the land of fresh mangoes. I may give a mango a try now that you've provided an efficient way to break the flesh away from the pit and the skin.

Sonia Sood from Mumbai on November 22, 2011:

Interesting! Loved this one...

Paula from The Midwest, USA on November 22, 2011:

Helpful and interesting, thanks for sharing how to carve a mango! :)

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on November 22, 2011:

Amen to all the good things already said. Voted up!

SJmorningsun25 on November 22, 2011:

Congrats on the Hub of the Day! Your photos are great, and your explanation is clear and concise. Voted up! Happy mango-eating!

Peter Allison (author) from Alameda, CA on November 22, 2011:

Interesting loretta8 - you'll notice on my daughter's photo she has a small allergy patch under her right (screen left) eye. That's the extent of her issues with them though and she loves eating them as much as I do.

bluewaterbay on November 22, 2011:

Congrats on Hub of the Day! I've been guilty of not getting any mangoes because I don't want to hassle with them, but this method seems very easy. I'll definitely give it a try the next time I get some. Voted up and useful, thanks for sharing!

loretta8 from Central Oklahoma on November 22, 2011:

I love mangos and will try peeling them that way. Looks easier than using a peeler. Since mango trees are in the poison family, people like myself who are allergic to poison ivy may suffer a nasty rash from the oils on the skin of the fruit. I found out the hard way the first time I handled them and my eyes actually swelled shut. Now I wash them in warm soapy water before peeling and wear gloves when handling them.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 22, 2011:

Congrats on Hub of the Day! Great job, here. Love the illustrations; made everything very clear. Will most certainly have to try this one!

Voted up & bookmarked.

Peter Allison (author) from Alameda, CA on November 22, 2011:

Thanks for the feedback everyone, and for the additional tips. No matter how you prepare them, the best part is in the eating!

arusho from University Place, Wa. on November 22, 2011:

Will this technique work for kiwis? Great hub!

Jill Spencer from United States on November 22, 2011:

No favorite mango recipes. I just like 'em on their own. Thanks for the tutorial! And congrats on HOTD.

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on November 22, 2011:

This is such a great idea! Congratulations on being the hub of the day.

NiaG from Louisville, KY on November 22, 2011:

I love mangoes! I think for some they are an acquired taste. I normally just carve it up and take my chances but I feel like I miss a lot of the fruit that way. I'll have to try this. Thanks!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on November 22, 2011:

This is a method I have not seen before. I used to not like cutting mangoes until I saw the scoring method on television, where you don't even have to worry about peeling the skin off.

RTalloni on November 22, 2011:

Have to admit that I'm in Simone's boat. This is helpful, though. Nice Hub of the Day--congrats!

Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on November 22, 2011:

It is tricky getting that pesky mango off the seed. Maybe more people will eat them with your simple instructions. Voted up and useful.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on November 22, 2011:

Congratulation for the hub of the day. Nice tip on how to carve your mango. I also love mango but I carve it in another way, a bit similar to yours. Thanks for sharing.

Dorothee-Gy from near Frankfurt/M., Germany on November 22, 2011:

I just wanted to contribute our method, since we're eating a lot of mangos, and normally here in Germany we don't get the very ripe one's. We're peeling the fruit first completely, exactly like an apple or a potatoe and then we cube the whole fruit as you described it. This way, once you've gotten rid of the skin, the rest is a breeze and you end up with very little trash.

Great idea for a hub and really good documentation with your pics!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 22, 2011:

Very useful especially to me as the last time I bought a mango I really wasn't sure how to peel it. I love mangoes and will use your method. My first attempt at peeling was terrible as the Mango was not quite ripe when I cut into it.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 22, 2011:

Good advice and was fun to read. I like your style.

Elaina Grinias on November 22, 2011:

Great job explaining what to do and great pictures. I love mangos, but I usually make a mess cutting them. The juice gets everywhere! I will definitely be using this method next time. Thanks!

Rinita Sen on November 22, 2011:

Love mangoes! Nice hub, and great illustrations.

Russell Mae from Philippines on November 22, 2011:

Mangoes! I adore them and since we have them plenty here, I also like to experiment on them! Love the photos and you're way is totally cool. What I usually do is slice them in the middle and cube the cheeks! I'll definitely it.

ajayshah2005 from Mid Asia on November 22, 2011:

Really great! Your style of carving the mango is brilliant! I am gonna learn that! Thanks!

c1234rystal on November 22, 2011:

Very good information. I've bought my share of mangoes, but most of them ended up in smoothies. So, it didn't matter if they were mashed or not. But, now I'll know how to effectively slice one.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Fontana, WI on November 22, 2011:

Oh, I love mango and knew peeling it would be difficult. Thank you! Great photos. I adore protein shakes with mango. I had lemonade with mango the other day, a little too sweet for this ole gal. The peeling looks to be the hard part.

Do mangos sweeten as they go soft or age?

yols-a from Trinidad and Tobago on November 22, 2011:

I think it's wonderful for us in the Caribbean it's fruit we enjoy

Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on November 22, 2011:

So funny but so useful!I can try it in the next mango season.

Tom rubenoff from United States on November 22, 2011:

I always wanted some guidance for mango carving. Thank you!

Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on November 22, 2011:

Loved this hub! I, however, do not cut my mango. I just dive right in to savor its delicate juiciness! Great hub and I loved your demonstrations! Delicious piece!

Tammy Winters from Oregon on November 22, 2011:

Great Hub on Mangoes. I like mangoes I usually get the really ripe ones and cut them just like you said but then peel them like an Orange and the peeling usually comes right off.

Traqqer from Atlanta, GA on May 09, 2011:

Nice, very methodical, and great pictures.

Peter Allison (author) from Alameda, CA on March 03, 2011:

Thanks Kimberly - and better yet thanks for sharing your mango peeling style. I'd like to give it a try!

KimberlyMartin on March 03, 2011:

Thank you for this, especially the photos!

There is another method that involves slicing around the seed and opening the fruit like you would an avocado. Make Lengthwise and crosswise incisions through to the skin, then turn it inside out and slice the resulting cubes into a bowl.

Peter Allison on December 23, 2010:

Yes they are easy to manage and very tasty! They're cheap and plentiful now so give it a go! Happy holidays Simone

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on December 23, 2010:

Very cool! The photos are great - To be honest, I've always been too intimidated by mangos (yeah. Intimidated by a fruit. The shame) to buy them, but I think I'll give them a go now! You've made them seem quite reasonable.